Departamento de Escuintla

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  • Day9

    Vulkaan Pacaya, Guatemala

    January 9, 2015 in Guatemala

    Naast het eten, wandelen op de markt etc. Wilde wij ook nog de omgeving verkennen. We hebben een dagtrip gedaan naar een vulkaan. De vulkaan is nog actief en 10 maanden geleden voor het laatst uitgebarsten. Het zwarte lava steen zag er indrukwekkend uit. Op sommige plekken was het nog zo warm dat we marshmallows warm konden maken zodat ze lekker knapperig waren aan de buitenkant en zacht aan de binnenkant. Voordat wij van de marshmallows konden genieten, moesten we wel eerst 3,5 km de vulkaan oplopen. Het was gelukkig redelijk gesteld met onze conditie ondanks dat de grootste heuvel waar we de laatste tijd op hebben gelopen de grachten van Amsterdam zijn.Read more

  • Day60

    Leaving Antigua, finally!

    June 23 in Guatemala

    Antigua is a cool place, a bit expensive, but nice. After three weeks, I was ready to leave!
    The plan was to head to The Driftwood Surfer in El Paredon, and that’s what we did!!we booked a shuttle, but it was over sold, so 3 of us ended up in a car. Legroom for days, pretty happy about that. Although, the car needs it’s front breaks looking at, they were dodgy!
    Got to the beach and went out body surfing. Nice.
    The hostel is pretty much in the middle of nowhere, right on the beach. They do a family style dinner in the evening, it’s all you can eat, so suits me! The beach is like a big long version of Perran Sands. A beach break with tonnes of rips and okay surf.
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  • Day274

    Volcan Pacaya

    May 30, 2015 in Guatemala

    It is not often that one gets to hike an active Volcano. Amazingly the city of Antigua is situated among 3 volcanos, and we have decided to hike the easier Pacaya, while our New Zealand and UK friends braved the front and did the overnight hike, calling us sissys. After 1 hour uphill through the forest, and 1 hour up and down the gravels. We did'nt mind being sissys. The climate changes rapidly from tropical to high-lands, and then cloud forest. We were rewarded with marshmellow roasting by the hot lava rocks. A very fun, and not self-torturing hike!Read more

  • Day3

    Volcán Pacaya

    March 2, 2016 in Guatemala

    This afternoon we went to another volcano, this time getting closer. Even though you are not allowed to go all the way up to the crater anymore, we hiked around half the height of Pacaya. People offering horses followed us all the way up until we reached a former crater and the point were the lava from the last eruption in 2014 had turned solid. However, it is kept warm through the subterranean lava of the still active volcano (of the 37 volcanoes in Guatemala only 3 are still active, two of them around Antigua). In fact, it is so hot that we grill marshmallows on it.

    (Fun fact: when driving to the starting point of the hike, we passed a funeral procession. The hearse and about 50 persons were blocking a narrow, curvy mountain street.)
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  • Day132

    Volcano pacaya

    August 19, 2015 in Guatemala

    Der nahe an der Stadt Guatemala City gelegene Vulkan Pacaya wurde heute in Angriff genommen. Mit einer kleinen Gruppe plus Führer ging es mit Bus und zu Fuss den knapp 2.500 Meter hohen Krater hoch. Ein netter Ausflug, der nicht ganz so anstrengend war wie unsere Vulkanbesteigung von Nicaragua, dafür aber ein schöneres Gipfelerlebnis mit klarer Sicht bot.

  • Day6

    Don't skip leg-day !

    January 18, 2017 in Guatemala

    Obwohl gestern Abend der letzte mit der ganzen Gruppe war, ging's für uns um 12 ins Bett und um 5.30 Uhr schon wieder raus. Wir machen schließlich keine Weltreise um nur Sauf- und Partygewohnheiten der Länder kennenzulernen... also, zusammen mit unserer Italienerin Irene -> ab auf den Pacaya (Guatemala)
    - ca 7km pro Weg (97% davon geht's relativ steil bergauf/bergab)
    - 2552m hoch, leider darf man aber nicht so weit hoch
    mehr Infos:

    "Der frühe Vogel fängt den Wurm" - ich war tatsächlich schon lange nicht mehr, vor 11Uhr morgens so produktiv

    - Auf einen der aktivsten Vulkane der Welt klettern (sogar ohne körperliche Schäden !) ☑
    - Marshmallows über einem aktiven Vulkan rösten ☑

    (Die Bilder sind übrigens alle unbearbeitet ! )
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  • Day245

    Volcan Pacaya

    April 3, 2016 in Guatemala

    We decided not to climb 3976 m Acatenango because the weather didn't seem very promising, so we left Antigua with Joe and Antoine and headed for the smaller Volcan Pacaya in the hopes of seeing some volcanic action. The afternoon ride there involved some steep climbs and descents that made for slow progress, but provided a few good opportunities to chat with locals and compare bikes and loads as we pedalled. We arrived at the base of the mountain near dusk and were encouraged to camp at local guide Antonio's place for the night. As we ate dinner Antonio convinced us to use his services as a guide for one more early morning volcano adventure the next day.

    We started up the road at 3 am the next morning, roasted some marshmallows at a vent in the cooling lava at 4 am, and got to a high point on an old lava flow at 5 am. High winds and thick fog made for a quick turn around, but Antonio brought us through a lava tunnel, which was pretty cool, on the way back down. We got a nice view of the big volcanoes around Antigua as the sun came up, and were back down in time for breakfast at a normal hour. Joe even managed a quick ride around the yard on a bony pony before we got back on our bikes and started out on part two of our day.
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  • Day4


    January 31, 2015 in Guatemala

    Ab in die Sonne nach Monterrico! Gefühlt 20 grad wärmer als ins Antigua??? Strand, Sonne, Wärme...? genau das Richtige um die fiese Erkältung los zu werden, die ich aus Deutschland mitgebracht hab. ??
    Gewohnt hab ich im Guesthouse Johnnys Place. Sehr zu emfehlen. Direkt am strand, Pool, witzige Atmosphäre mit locals und travellern??

  • Day30

    Climbing the active Volcan Pacaya

    June 25, 2016 in Guatemala

    Lazy as we are 😉 we've decide to spare our energy and ride up the volcano on a horse 😂 instead of a 1hr hike up the ashes.... definitely the best decision as we also arrived at the top before anyone else and before the crater got covered in clouds...

    We did marshmellows over the lava, saw Volcan Pacaya spitting stones & ashes just a few hundred meteres away from us while Volcan Fuego was errupting with lava and high flames of fire in the far backround!

    Stunning 😍😍😍
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